I’ve found my favourite tank top – The Bantam Vest by Merchant & Mills. Oh yes. For a tall, wide-shouldered woman like myself, this top is pure gold. It’s got a racer back (never mind the fact that when I showed it to Dan, he said I looked like I was heading down to the gym to lift some weights), a very generous wide fit and length, all of which I like.
This is my first version which I approached like a wearable muslin. Like with this Wiksten tank I decided to make it out of an old vintage sheet, and make use of the beautiful embroidered details. Love the result.The fabric is pretty stiff, which makes the fit quite boxy, but I kind of like it. On me, the top hasn’t quite got that super oversized look they’re going for in the Merchant & Mills Workbook, so I might try going up a size. The only change I made was stitching the neckline and armhole bias binding down on the inside rather than the outside. My finish is generally not that neat, so I thought that would be safer..
Making this, I’ve been massively ignoring that it’s getting really cold outside here in Denmark i.e. vest tops are pretty useless. BUT Dan and I are going to Costa Rica for two weeks over New Years, so I’m aiming for it to get a lot of wear then. Can’t wait.
I am so pleased I bought the workbook. The Bantam was probably the pattern that I was most keen to get my hands on, but all of the patterns are pretty drool worthy, especially the Haremere jacket and the Strides trousers. If you’re thinking about getting the book check our Ute’s review on schneidernmeistern for a more thorough review.